Mumfie's Quest: The Movie
By Tracy Moore,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Dated animation, mild scariness but lots of wholesome fun.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Viewers will see some possibly helpful demonstrations of overcoming fear to try new things, but the movie is primarily meant to entertain rather than educate.
Mumfie's Quest: The Movie offers strongly positive messages about the benefit of exploring, taking risks, trying new things, and finishing what you start. It also espouses positive messages about problem-solving and teamwork.
Positive Role Models
Although characters are simplistically good or bad, some offer some greater depth of perspective than the usual fare, such as the Scarecrow, who acts as a kind of caution against always imagining the worst to the extent that it prevents you from trying anything new.
Violence & Scariness
There is some mild peril and scariness in characters, such as the Secretary, a shadowy figure with long green fingers and pointy nails, red eyes, and a frightening voice. Additionally, a premise involves the separation of an animal from her mother and another involves a whale trapped for some time by a net, and various characters are imprisoned from time to time on the island. In a scene or two, pirates raise a sword but are stopped from injuring anyone.
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Mild insulting language, such "numbskull."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mumfie's Quest comes from the creator of Thomas & Friends and has a bit of mild scariness in the setup -- an animal separated from his mother, a scary monster named Secretary who is a dark, shadowy figure with glowing red eyes, and a few scenes of characters being trapped or imprisoned. However, these are brief scenes in an overwhelmingly wholesome adventure appropriate for older preschoolers and kindergartners.
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What's the Story?
Mumfie is determined to have an adventure, but to do so he must leave the confines of his safe neighborhood. He gets up the courage and meets some great friends along the way, such as Scarecrow and Pinky the flying pig. But all adventure is not without risk, and soon Mumfie has to help Pinky find his mother again, escape the pirates, and stop the evil Secretary from taking over everything and putting a stop to all the fun.
Is It Any Good?
MUMFIE'S QUEST looks a bit dated in terms of animation, but the story is timeless: how to weigh out the risk of adventure. There are some really clever characters and ideas here: Scarecrow and his mind full of what-ifs, a forest where all the fun has been terminated, and a lot of fun sing-alongs from different characters about a wide range of subjects (Eel sings about not being too fond of her fellow sea creatures, for instance). There's a little bit of mild scariness for very young kids, but, even so, it's a drop in the hat in a world filled with wholesome, innocent fun that's sweet and playful. One note of caution: At 107 minutes, it's a bit long-winded but nothing kids couldn't watch in two parts.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about taking a chance. How do you know when you should try something new? What helps you decide?
What are some things you've done that are scary but also fun?
How do you get past fears to try new things? What helps you?
- On DVD or streaming: January 22, 2014
- Director: Britt Allcraft
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Friendship, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Music and Sing-Along, Ocean Creatures, Pirates, Wild Animals
- Run time: 107 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: April 6, 2023
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